Finding Reason: A New Song for the Lost, Lonely and Discouraged

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I don’t know Jane Marczewski, but was introduced to her by a viral video clip back in June. The emotions which would rush through me caught me off-guard, as that well-watched video clip does most people. It moved me and continues to move me.

No, she’s not from our area, but she’s impacted lots of people around here. What happens in those few minutes in the clip forces us to stop and think for a moment about the fragility of life. As our worlds are increasingly complex, and people are even more divided and stressed, Jane invades our hearts and minds with her voice, story, and lyrics which cut right through all our messes, and penetrate deep into our very souls. That video clip reminds us to appreciate more and complain less.

Speaking of pausing for a moment to think, below is a direct link to the video clip which has been viewed over 200 million times on various platforms. If you haven’t seen it yet, take less than eight minutes and watch it. If you have already seen it, watch it again. I never get tired of it. Be forewarned. It will get to you.

If you are struggling with life, loneliness, or whatever, you just might need this right about now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJvBfoHDk0

Although she did so well in her audition, she was not able to proceed. Her talent definitely could have taken her to the top. Life dealt her more blows right after the audition and she had to drop out, not yet to return.

Loneliness, discouragement, and depression have overshadowed her for a couple years now. This cancer returned with a vengeance this summer, and has now ravaged her body and given her very little survival odds. At 30 years old, she’s faced with terminal cancer, while the world has fallen in love with her voice and with her.

Her faith keeps her positive, smiling and strong, despite having only a 2% chance to live. A beautiful soul shines through her emaciated and fragile body. As we imagine her long, hard, miserable, horribly repetitive and bleak days, we pray for her, hoping for the best.

She reminds us to appreciate what we have, even as she demonstrates how much she appreciates what she can when she doesn’t have much with which to work.

As we look down on others for their position on the vaccination issues, or on their support of our current president or our last one; As we let news and social media get us worked up about this or that; As we bicker and complain about things which bother us; Nightbirde’s story grabs our hearts and makes us pause and think about more important things. We can learn much from her character amidst overwhelming adversity. If only we would let her life motivate us to emulate how she chooses to think, despite her life’s circumstances. 

“Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.” – Philippians 4:8 (The Passion Translation)

Christians who share Jane’s faith, but are struggling through life right now, feeling lost at times, let me remind you of something. One of my favorite verses essentially says to those of us who love God and are called according to His purpose – that one way or another, it’s all going to work out (Romans 8:28). It will. You’ll see.

And that is why and how Nightbirde sings, “It’s OK,” when everything feels like it’s really not.

With God you can get through this (Philippians 4:13). Draw near and stay close to Him (Matthew 11:28-30). He wants to help with your stresses and anxieties (1 Peter 5:7). He wants to strengthen you when you feel overwhelmed (Isaiah 40:31).

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Pastor Jeff Adams is a longtime community leader, victim advocate, counselor and chaplain. He ministers internationally, nationally and locally. His column appears online weekly and can be reached at jeffreydadams@hotmail.com.

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